jonathan wrote:As if English wasn't confusing enough, I find it amusing when people (probably just Americans?) use "bad" to mean exactly the opposite:
"That song is bad!"
"Your new shirt is so bad, man!"
In a certain context, the speaker could mean that the subjects being spoken on are in fact really good.
Sorry this is somewhat off-topic, I just was thinking about it with the whole "bad" thing...
Yeah and as nontraditional as those usages are, they're still adjectives
So they're not as "out there" as what we were discussing earlier but you're right they're interesting. That kind of thing actually is relatively common amongst languages, that a word will start to get used in an ironic sense with the opposite meaning (sometimes it starts out as a sarcastic usage) and then over time sometimes the word actually acquires the new meaning. However, that doesn't always happen--sometimes there can be the parallel peripheral ironic usage which never becomes the dominant usage.
jonathan wrote:PS: Arrested Development is such an awesome show... the only thing probably worth watching on TV anymore. Is it on this season? I haven't had time to follow.
It's simply a brilliant show, isn't it? I don't watch almost anything else on TV. Its third season starts September 19th (a Monday--a week from tomorrow) at 8/7 central on Fox and I'm eagerly awaiting it. I also can't wait for the 2nd-season DVDs to come out. I need to see those again!
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe.
I eat prescriptivists for breakfast.
maɪ nemz kʰɜ˞kʰ n̩ aɪ laɪk̚ fɨˈnɛ̞ɾɪ̞ks